Haringey Borough backing campaign to improve conduct across football

The non-league club wants to reduce bad behaviour from players, coaches and fans, reports Olivia Opara

Ex-Spurs star Jermaine Jenas is promoting the 'Love Football. Protect The Game' campaign
Ex-Spurs star Jermaine Jenas is promoting the ‘Love Football. Protect The Game’ campaign

A local football club is welcoming new measures to improve the behaviour of players, managers and coaches across professional, national league and grassroots football. 

Haringey Borough Football Club announced its support for a new series of measures for the 2023/24 season introduced by the Football Association (FA). The new measures aim to tackle any unacceptable conduct of players, managers and coaches on the pitch, side-lines and in the stands.

To address fan behaviour and misconduct, new measures will focus on offensive chanting, gesturing and displaying of offensive messages.  The initiative is supported by the FA’s football-wide ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ campaign. 

The club announced: “Haringey Borough are pleased to back the new FA campaign to address poor conduct in the game.

“Our fans are second to none for their conduct and passion, but more can always be done to ensure a safe, welcoming atmosphere for all. Love Football. Protect The Game.”

Ex-Spurs star Jermaine Jenas is among those promoting the campaign.

As part of the initiative, a new participant charter was collectively launched by the FA, the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, non-league steps 1-4, and referees’ governing body PGMOL to impose stronger measures on matchdays. 

The charter includes a new code of conduct and increased financial penalties for misconduct. 

Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the FA, said: “Football has the power to unite and inspire all those that play and watch the game. However, sometimes, this can be negatively impacted by a small minority of players, coaches and fans.

“Our collective approach is to reset this behaviour on the pitch and from the side-lines, whilst giving our referees the respect and protection that they deserve. We are also determined to address the rise in unacceptable behaviour from the stands. Incidents such as dangerous conduct, discrimination, and chanting about football-related tragedies have no place in our game – and can lead to football bans and potential criminal action.

“Passion, emotion and excitement are fundamental to football, however this must be shown in the right way. Everyone can play their part, so that together we can create a safe and enjoyable environment for all.”

For more information:
 Love Football. Protect the Game

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